Fitch Ratings appoints Marina Petroleka as Global Head of ESG Research


Petroleka will lead Fitch's in-house ESG research team with immediate effect, the firm confirmed this morning in a company e-mail.

LONDON / SINGAPORE, July 15, 2021 (PRESS RELEASE) -- Fitch Ratings has today announced the appointment of Marina Petroleka as Global Head of ESG Research for its Sustainable Finance Group.

Based in London, Ms. Petroleka (pictured) will lead Fitch's global team of ESG research analysts. The ESG research team's main focus is on thematic and cross-sector ESG research using both internal and external datasets, complementing the entity and sector level ESG research and analysis produced globally by Fitch's credit rating analysts.

Ms. Petroleka will report to Andrew Steel, Managing Director and Fitch Ratings' Global Group Head of Sustainable Finance.

"Since its inception in 2019, our suite of ESG analytical products has grown rapidly to include credit-focused ESG Relevance Scores, sector-focused Vulnerability Scores, and market-leading thematic research,"

said Mr. Steel. 

"In 2021 we have our sights set on further increasing our presence and reach in ESG, while maintaining our reputation for quality, in-depth and independent insights and opinions. I am delighted that Marina, with her depth of research experience, is joining our team at this exciting point in our development".

Ms. Petroleka previously held the role of Global Head of Industry Research at Fitch Solutions, leading a global team of industry analysts and led major research projects on Industry Megatrends, Sustainability Trends and Industry Investment Attractiveness models. She joined the Fitch Ratings Credit Policy Group in 2020 with a focus on cross sector, thematic credit research, ensuring comprehensive analysis and awareness on major credit risks across asset classes.

About Fitch Ratings

Fitch Group is a global leader in financial information services with operations in more than 30 countries. Fitch Group is comprised of: Fitch Ratings, a global leader in credit ratings and research; Fitch Solutions, a leading provider of data, research and analytics; and Fitch Learning, a preeminent training and professional development firm. With dual headquarters in London and New York, Fitch Group is owned by Hearst. 

Fitch Ratings has been named 'Most Transparent Credit Ratings Agency' for the last three years by Environmental Finance magazine.